SME’s EASTEC 2019 Explores Sustainable Manufacturing April 10, 2019 by SME Communications Workforce challenges and advanced technologies to be featured at East Coast manufacturing event The benefits of sustainable manufacturing practices extend past environmental considerations. At EASTEC, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, the opening keynote presentation will focus on converging additive manufacturing and ecofriendly sustainable packaging solutions and the development of innovative solutions in both areas. EASTEC will take place May 14-16 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, highlighting the region’s manufacturing leadership and history. Produced by SME and AMT, the biennial event ― now in its 35th edition ― showcases the latest manufacturing technologies and provides access to industry experts sharing insights on how to foster innovation, increase productivity and improve financial performance. A key industry leader, Marty Guay, vice president, business development, Stanley Black & Decker, will open EASTEC with his keynote on how the company is reigniting an innovative ecosystem to make the northeast a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Guay will discuss the partnership between Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Sustainable Manufacturing Means a Sustainable Workforce This year’s attendees will also have access to a Thursday panel discussion that will examine the critical need to build a multigenerational workforce to ensure the success and sustainability of manufacturing. Millions of manufacturing workers are expected to retire in the next few years, and employers are discovering that engaging the needs of multiple generations takes thoughtful planning and new conversations. “Manufacturers are having a hard time attracting and retaining the future workforce, while also capturing and passing down the knowledge from their most senior employees,” said Kim Farrugia, senior event manager, SME. “This panel will explore how companies are finding success in implementing strong onboarding, mentoring, and learning and development programs for a stable, well-qualified and more sustainable workforce.” EASTEC also features a trade show floor with over 720 companies represented in 555 exhibiting spaces, as well as in-depth workshops on key manufacturing topics. Complimentary technical presentations and keynotes are led by knowledge leaders from across the industry. To learn more about EASTEC, view full conference and exhibit details or register, visit easteconline.com.